Random Heroes (universal) by Ravenous Games is a new platformer from the makers of the League of Evil series. It’s not as hardcore or speed-focused as its predecessors, instead bringing a more open-world, action-based style of gameplay to the table, with some mixed results.
When evil monsters threaten to take over the planet, a smorgasbord of characters come together in the hopes of stopping them. Everyone from Neo to nuns are on board – and with an array of weapons at their disposal, the game’s 40 large, multi-tiered levels are packed with jumping, running, and shooting tons of baddies.
One thing Ravenous is known for is tight controls, and again they deliver in Random Heroes. It’s worth noting the awkward set-up on iPad – which for some reason, lacks the ability to be played in portrait mode, leaving the controls spaced out and hard to reach. But on the iPhone, the controls are crisp and responsive as always, with two arrows for movement, and A and B buttons for jumping and shooting, respectively.
While the stage designs are expansive, they do lack in terms of variety. The first two worlds are almost exactly the same, and save for the boss battles at the end of each world, there are no other objectives except to shoot bad guys and spend the money that they explode into after defeat. There’s no timer, no score… and really nothing else to complete except the Game Center achievements, which don’t add a lot in the way of replay value.
The game’s variety of weapons and character choices is a cool addition, giving the game some feeling of progression – although in reality, these advancements require quite a bit of grinding and repeating levels to earn enough money. Unfortunately, upgrades and new characters are too expensive to keep up with the pace of the game, stunting progress and feeling a little too geared toward IAP-based coin packages players can purchase.
But there is still a lot of fun platforming action to be had in Random Heroes, complete with all the awesome retro tidings of smoothly animated 8-bit graphics and a rocking chiptune soundtrack. For the price, it’s a solid pick-up for platforming fans and those looking for an action-packed side-scroller.